Parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents can also apply for a super visa, which allows them to extend a visit for up to two years after the initial entry into Canada. Audience Relations, CBC P.O. I'm single and no dependant partner. Last year, the government doubled the number of sponsorship spots for parents and grandparents to 10,000 from 5,000. Those 10,000 applications are expected to lead to 17,000 sponsored people, because an application can be for more than one person. We apologize, but this video has failed to load. IRCC will process Interest to Sponsor forms in the order they are received and invitations to apply to the PGP will be issued until the cap of 20,000 complete applications is met. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) provided the update in a tweet and said details of the next opening will be released “in the coming weeks.”. The change is an attempt to winnow out those who aren’t eligible to apply, after thousands of people selected last year failed to follow through with their applications and the government only managed to fill 9,500 of the 10,000 spots for sponsors. Immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery said the lottery system is fraught with problems, including confusion over who is eligible to sponsor whom. Comments are welcome while open. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada brought in the new lottery process this year to replace the former first-come, first-served system. This first-come, first-served approach to accepting applications replaces the controversial randomized lottery process that IRCC introduced last year and later scrapped. Canada; Parent sponsorship program still deeply flawed despite changes, immigration lawyers warn ... and none were selected in either draw. Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. Study and work permit applicants who have received their approval letters no longer have to go to the border to activate their permits. Join the mailing list to receive daily email updates. "What this example tells me is that there will be a lot of unqualified people taking up the spots that should have gone to qualified applicants. Comments are welcome while open. Canada’s parents and grandparents sponsorship program will reopen in late January, IRCC will accept up to 20,000 new applications through its Parents and Grandparents Program in 2019, Students and families allowed to travel to Canada. The only concern I have is my 3 year stay in Canada. Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino today announced details of the new parent and grandparent sponsorship program. The logjam peaked in 2011 with a backlog of 167,007 applications, which had decreased to 40,511 by the end of 2016. Some said the sprint to file applications worked against those who couldn't fill them out quickly, such as people with disabilities or literacy issues, or those living in places with slow internet connections. I became a PR on July 8th 2015 and I started working on July 13th 2015 with a annual salary $ 85000 (So 2015 earning was around $ 42000). Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. More than 95,000 people took part in the first immigration lottery to win a spot to bring their parents or grandparents to Canada. But Elizabeth Wozniak, a Halifax-based immigration lawyer, said the lottery system is “just a bit of a crapshoot.” She believes ineligible applicants will still submit the initial paperwork, bogging down the system and making it harder for those who do meet the criteria to bring their loved ones to Canada. We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. The Parents and Grandparents Program, known as the PGP, allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents over the age of 18 to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents for Canadian permanent residence. The family reunification program has been plagued with massive backlogs in past, as the number of applicants far exceeded the limited number of spots. “It’s just going to be more of the same.”. "Justin Trudeau has failed to ensure a fair and compassionate immigration process for those hoping to call Canada home. There was an error, please provide a valid email address. Required fields are marked *. B.C. The department also contacted those who weren't picked to let them know about the results. Lottery system to allow immigrants to sponsor parents, grandparents opens Oct. 13, 'Profoundly unfair:' Frustration mounts over immigration lottery that brings parents, grandparents to Canada, Liberals relaunch family reunification lottery despite angry backlash around 'immigration fiasco', CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices. Kwan has pushed the government to lift the cap on the number of sponsorships and set processing standards so that families can reunite with their loved ones in a reasonable, predictable way. The new system they introduced today has left me nervous and hopeless because it's the lottery system again.". Wozniak said she had about 25 clients who were in the pool last year, and none were selected in either draw. Canadian citizens and permanent residents will soon be able to apply to sponsor their parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada. IRCC has released dates for the 2020 PGP intake after coronavirus delayed opening in the spring. The lottery system has also been contentious, with critics claiming it essentially gambled with peoples' lives. With only 10,000 spots available, that put the odds at roughly one in 10. The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program invited candidates from five immigration sub-categories. The government requires that sponsors prove they meet income thresholds for the previous three years, which vary depending on the size of their family. “Ineligible people can still be selected and they won’t be vetted out,” she said. Under that program, applicants must show proof of private medical insurance and financial support. The Liberal government moved to a first-come, first-served online application system last year after scrapping the controversial lottery system. This year, the new online form asks whether would-be applicants meet the income thresholds — but it doesn’t require proof. "I was expecting at least they would give priority to the people who have been here ... contributing to the economy and society. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Some representatives have received emails saying they were selected, without referencing the name of the client. During the pandemic, applicants have been expected to meet COVID-19 travel restrictions and follow public health guidelines. "I am not jealous of him but it's frustrating to see his parents are here within a year and I have been waiting for the last five years," he said in an email exchange with CBC.
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